Observing its thirty-second year, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) annual conference is a chance for guardian ad litem program staff, board members, volunteers and other child welfare professionals to gain knowledge from educators through workshops and gain new contacts by networking with peers.
National CASA also uses this audience of over 1,200 to present six Awards of Excellence that "honor outstanding individuals and programs that provide hope to abused and neglected children" nationwide.
National CASA CEO Michael Piraino, pictured right, is typically a headliner keynote speaker who gives a full annual address at the conference.
National CASA Conference: Save the Date
The venue for the 2013 National CASA conference is the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, neighboring the Anaheim Convention Center and situated less than a mile south of Disneyland Park.
Events begin on Saturday, April 6 with a day of optional National CASA Institutes intensive training sessions. The conference officially kicks off on the morning of Sunday, April 7 and continues through midday Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Registration rates are provisionally set at $350 with discounts for active volunteer advocates, groups and youths. Discounted hotel rates of $125 plus tax (or the prevailing government per diem rates at the time) will be available. Early registration and hotel booking is scheduled to start on Monday, December 10, 2012.
Helping to offset some guests' costs, sixty registration scholarships will be granted to select qualifying volunteers and program staff. Additional details on this program are slated to be announced sometime this month.
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Awards of Excellence: Call for Nominations
On Monday, April 8, 2013, the conference will feature an awards ceremony and luncheon. Commemorating the exceptional contributions of dedicated child advocates in the United States, the National CASA Awards of Excellence are comprised of six categorized accolades recognizing one volunteer advocate, board member, program director, judge, program and initiative.
The process begins with your nomination of outstanding individuals and programs in the community. Visit the National CASA website to submit your nomination forms and supporting documentation.
Completed applications must be received by Monday, January 7, 2013 in order to be considered. Nominations are currently open for the following awards.
- G. F. Bettineski Child Advocate of the Year
acknowledging an outstanding CASA or guardian ad litem volunteer
- National CASA Association Board Member of the Year
recognizing individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership and commitment to their CASA or guardian ad litem program via their role on a board of directors or advisory council
- Kappa Alpha Theta CASA Program Director of the Year
accrediting the noteworthy achievements of a CASA or guardian ad litem program director
- National CASA Association Judge of the Year
recognizing the outstanding contribution of a judge who has furthered the best interests of children through support of a CASA or guardian ad litem program
- National CASA Association Inclusion Award
acknowledging the accomplishments of a program that has been enriched through its initiative and practices promoting the values of inclusiveness and diversity
- Promising Practices Spotlight
highlighting original activities, initiatives, projects or events that enhance CASA and guardian ad litem programs' abilities to meet the mission of advocating and providing a voice for abused and neglected children
In addition to public recognition at the awards luncheon, all honorees will receive complimentary registration plus travel and hotel expenses for the conference.
Excluding Promising Practices Spotlight—the honoree of which may have an opportunity to make a presentation at the conference—award recipients also win $1,500 cash. The National CASA Association Inclusion Award honoree may also possibly present at the conference.
Be sure to recognize the hardworking individuals and programs in your community who exhibit the above attributes and submit your nominations today!
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association
National CASA Annual Conference and Awards of Excellence
Anaheim Marriott Hotel
700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, California 92802
Saturday, April 6, 2013 — National CASA Institutes optional
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013 — Awards of Excellence Ceremony and Luncheon
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
- Conference News and Updates
- Conference Contact
National CASA Association
- Awards of Excellence Contact
(800) 628-3233 x253